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#1 Mustang Josi

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Posted 22 June 2016 - 12:55 PM

Howdy! I just bought my first travel trailer. She's a 13 footer from 1981. Though she is in great shape, the carpeted walls are not my thing so a full gutting will occur. Any advice or ideas are greatly welcome.

 

Cheers! 

Josi



#2 clairemr1

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Posted 22 June 2016 - 01:04 PM

congratulations, josi, you'll love your little 13 footer! i'm full timing in my 2013 PD and couldn't be happier, so easy to tow, set up, enjoy!


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#3 brsedwebt

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Posted 22 June 2016 - 02:56 PM

WOW! Is this the FIRST Casita made?


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#4 Plainsman

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Posted 22 June 2016 - 04:16 PM

Pix would be helpful.
"OTRA" (On The Road Again)
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#5 Mustang Josi

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Posted 26 June 2016 - 04:23 PM

Hi! Forgive me if I am not replying right, this is still new to me. So to answer questions...Yes I think that this might be the first year made! Which is pretty neat in my opinion. Supposedly everything aside from the furnace works but I can't seem to figure out the fridge. I am a true newby in every since of the word. I am plugged in to a power source but haven't connected the gas yet. I have looked at the manuals but it might as well be in Greek. The main thing I don't understand is the "control panel" thing.  I will attach photos... Cheers! 

 

 

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#6 Mustang Josi

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Posted 26 June 2016 - 04:29 PM

WOW! Is this the FIRST Casita made?

I think so!



#7 Mustang Josi

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Posted 26 June 2016 - 04:30 PM

Pix would be helpful.

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congratulations, josi, you'll love your little 13 footer! i'm full timing in my 2013 PD and couldn't be happier, so easy to tow, set up, enjoy!

Thanks! I am so in love with it and I haven't even taken it any where yet. 


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#8 Wally Z

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Posted 26 June 2016 - 07:05 PM

You may want to rethink taking out the carpet.  It serves a purpose other than being cosmetic.  There is also a layer of insulation underneath it. If it is the first year you would be taking away from it's antiquity.


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#9 Carol Christensen

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Posted 26 June 2016 - 10:08 PM

Congratulations on your new-to-you Casita.  What a great find.  I know you will really enjoy traveling in it, so cozy.

 

I believe you will find the rough backside of the fiberglass shell, if the carpet/insulation is removed.  The shell is very, very thin and you would need to recover the interior with some kind of insulating material, then a layer of whatever kind of finished "look" you want.  It has been done but is a huge job.  There should be something in the archives about recovering the walls and ceiling.

 

It would be easier to clean the carpeting and put something else over it.


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#10 latte

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Posted 27 June 2016 - 04:24 AM

It does look in amazing shape! Someone loved her!  I'm with others that say clean the carpet at least once if not twice and you can always dye it if you want to lighten or darken the carpet. I admire those that have removed it but it is a BIG job and it will look really bad under there!  Order Eileen's CD

"AZ Casita Owners Guide" right away.  www.lovemycasita.com   AND go camping! =)  Enjoy and welcome!


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#11 Wally Z

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Posted 27 June 2016 - 08:13 AM

You don't need to spend money on any CD. You can get all the help you need for free right here on this forum. :D


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#12 Mustang Josi

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Posted 27 June 2016 - 04:26 PM

It does look in amazing shape! Someone loved her!  I'm with others that say clean the carpet at least once if not twice and you can always dye it if you want to lighten or darken the carpet. I admire those that have removed it but it is a BIG job and it will look really bad under there!  Order Eileen's CD

"AZ Casita Owners Guide" right away.  www.lovemycasita.com   AND go camping! =)  Enjoy and welcome!

I will check that out! Thanks! Photos of my camping adventures to come soon!



#13 TGang

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 11:38 PM

I have a 1981 too! Found it in Iowa ... it now lives in Washington State.

#14 Hot Toddy

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 06:27 AM

Before you do anything substantial to your trailer like removing the carpet from the walls, I recommend that you camp in her a few times until you get a good feel for your needs and desired modifications. You may very well come to agree with those above that the noise dampening, insulation properties and feeling of coziness from the carpet far outweigh your cosmetic dislike. If you are handy, you can DIY almost any of your desired modifications. The wheel has already been invented, so just ask and somebody here will give you great advice on their experience with a similar project.

I believe BeetleFreak covered his carpet with wood and addresses it in one of his posts. Larry is a super nice guy and am sure would be happy to discuss what he learned. He sure makes it sound easy anyway. Ha!

Congratulations on your new trailer! May you grow to love the simplicity of it.

Happy camping!

Toddy
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